Read here more over Allison's experiences moving to and living in Saudia Arabia.
I watched as the men loaded the last few boxes into the sea shipment container. As the flatbed truck with the container drove down the street, the children waved good-bye to their toys. It would be a few months before we would see the bulk of our belongings again, and we desperately hoped they would arrive without damage. We knew that having our personal items would help the new house feel more like home, especially for our children.
We had prepared as much as possible, of course. Visas, healthcare, banking, housing, schools—and the list could go on. At times it was completely overwhelming. There are so many little things to take care of before you move anywhere, let alone out of the country for several years. I had spent hours sorting everything into different piles. . . suitcases, sea shipment, air shipment, storage, donate. I had also read everything I could get my hands on and talked to anyone I could find who had personally experienced Saudi Arabia. Most of our friends and neighbors had been polite enough to not tell us what they really thought when we talked about moving our three small children halfway around the world to the Middle East, but you could generally see it in their expressions.
Although, there were some people who were genuinely excited for us. Often people who had previously been expats themselves. They knew that we would have fantastic experiences and wonderful opportunities not only for travel, but for meeting people from all over the world and building new friendships.